Indian athelete Sudha Singh, who participated in the 3000 metre steeplechase may have been infected with the Zika virus, as per the medical symptoms she has reported after competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The Rio authorities had been cautious about the chances of it and every athlete was being tested before the big event kicked off.
Sudha who returned to Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru had been feeling sick ever since she took off from Rio but instead of contacting Health Office at the Rio airport set-up to screen passengers with symptoms of Ebola and Zika, she took some medicines on her own. After reaching SAI hostel where she is training, Sudha reported ill and was admitted to a private hospital.
Along with Sudha, two other athletes- O P Jaisha from Kerala and Kavita Raut from Maharashtra had also been showing symptoms of tiredness and fever. However, after tests for mosquito borne diseases were found negative, both have been discharged.
“The athletes seem to be showing signs of extreme dehydration and infection by a virus. Since all flu type viruses show similar symptoms only a test can rule out the Zika virus. Sudha Singh’s blood pressure is normal, a chest x-ray was clear. She is dehydrated and has been advised a lot of fluids and she is showing signs of recovery. From preliminary investigations we think it could be a viral fever. The others seem to have battled it,” the state health official Dr Harshavardhan said.
Sudha is now undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bengaluru and blood her samples are being sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune to test whether or not she is Zika positive.